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November 5, 2010 on 6:45 pm
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The joy of juicing is not just about nourishing and cleansing your body. While the health benefits may be what initially lead you toward a lifestyle of juicing, the concepts of getting the most from your food, helping the environment, and never wasting a dollar are also very important to many people who live this lifestyle.

Purchasing a juicer that squeezes every last dollar of nutrient-rich juice out of every piece of produce juiced is important to getting the most out of your food, but knowing what to throw away and what to keep can help you stretch your food even further.

This is why everyone who brings juicing into their life needs to understand the following concepts:

* How to use the pulp for more than just a trash can contribution.
* Understanding which fruits and vegetables should be peeled prior to juicing.
* Knowing which fruits and vegetables have potentially dangerous seed and which seeds are highly nutritious.

Recycling the Pulp

A good juicer machine will produce very dry pulp because it will squeeze the maximum amount of goodness out of the fruit or vegetables so more of it makes it into the juice. While this dry pulp is the sign of a high powered, highly functional juicing machine, that dry pulp is not worthless. It still contains a lot of the fiber our body needs as well as some enzymes, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

The pulp that remains after a round of juicing can be used in the batter of many baked goods. Think of adding fruit pulp into the batter for a fruit flavored cake or perhaps muffins, for instance. This will give them a bit of flavor, especially if you are baking whole grain or bran muffins that could use some lightening up and extra flavor.

You may also consider using the pulp from your juicer in compost for the garden or perhaps as food for animals that love fruit and vegetables. Try making homemade dog biscuits.

You may find yourself creating different combinations of fruit and vegetable juice with these other purposes in mind. For instance, when creating a fruit juice for the morning meal you may choose flavors that will taste delicious in muffins to be baked for snack time later on.

You can even use your pulp to create homemade sauces from a variety of different fruits. These sauces can be drizzled over baked goods or perhaps placed inside crepes and other delicious treats.

Not only will you be getting the most out of every drop of food and saving money and time, but you will be adding more nutrients and added fiber into the food that nourishes your body and that of your family.

Know When to Peel

Understanding which foods need to be peeled and which ones are best juiced with the peel on is a big issue for those just starting out in a juicing lifestyle. For starters, try to get a hold of organic fruits and vegetables that have not been sprayed with pesticides or treated with unnatural fertilizers during the growth and harvesting process. When you are using produce that is not organic you should consider peeling everything to get rid of trace of these chemicals.

Of course, you can also use non-organic fruits and vegetables and really scrub the peels down hard prior to use. This will at least minimize the unnatural chemicals that are consumed through the juice. In some cases it may be enough to eliminate the toxic elements of fertilizers and pesticides.
You want to keep the peel on your fruits and vegetables as often as possible because that is where the majority of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals are located. When you strip the peel you are giving up many of the heath benefits that would otherwise be enjoyed.

If you don’t like the taste of particular peels then you may want to strip about half of it off, leaving the rest since it will be masked with the blend of other fruits and vegetables combined in your juicer.

Getting the Most from Your Seed

The final consideration regards the seed that naturally grows in the center of many fruits and vegetables. When dealing with soft, tiny seeds such as those incorporated in tomato you will of course just juice them up with your vegetable and fruit. They will just add some extra nutrition to the final product.

Yet, there are some seeds which many people believe are unsafe for consumption. That would include apple seeds, which contain natural cyanide. There is hot debate over apple seeds with some people claiming they are perfectly safe to juice while others claim they are unsafe. And of course you have peach seeds, obviously you don’t want to eat these and mess up your blender or juicer.

Another fruit of concern is the pomegranate, due to the huge number of seeds inside each piece of fruit. Most people will juice these seeds and eat the seeds while enjoying the fruit fresh. They are a bit tough to chew up but contain the majority of the antioxidants that make the fruit so beneficial to your health.

Remember, juicing is about more than just nourishing your body and cleansing your system of potential toxins. When you make use of every string of pulp, every slice of peel and every little seed you can save money and infuse all of your meals with nutrients you would otherwise toss in the trash can!

October 29, 2010 on 5:22 pm
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Sometimes it takes an unpleasant event to remind us that, ‘the best things in life aren’t things’. We all lead busy lives and it can be difficult to find five minutes of quiet just to enjoy where you are, never mind work out your priorities for the future, but if you do sit down and take the time, it’s likely you’ll realize that your health is important.

The health of a family is one of most parents main concerns, but if you are to care for your family and enjoy them, you have to look after yourself. How many mothers spend time encouraging their children to eat fruits and vegetables, but fail to take all the nutrients they need themselves?

Taking care to eat the right things is very important, but these days it is an almost impossible task. How much time are you supposed to spend checking the labels of the food you buy, deciding which of the many food additives are harmful and which are not, and trying to make sense of the vast number of conflicting pieces of information distributed by the media.

One moment we’ll all die if we eat too much fat, the next it’s carbohydrates. One day it’s ‘Don’t go out in the sun’ the next we’re all Vitamin D deficient. Why? Because we don’t go out in the sun. It’s a complicated world and there are many vested interests spreading false or at best biased information.

One thing all doctors are agreed on is that fruits and vegetables are good for you. One way to avoid worries about additives and preservatives is to create food yourself from those fruits and veggies, and if possible, to grow them yourself.

A vegetable juicer is an important part of this more self-sufficient lifestyle and can make a huge contribution to your fitness level, allowing you to eat food filled with far more of the good things; vitamins, and minerals, and far less of the bad; chemical additives, food colorings, added sugar and pesticides. We all know the benefits of a good green salad, but using a good fruit and vegetable juicer you can create healthy drinks from green vegetables.

One excellent example is broccoli. Filled with vitamins C and A as well as most of the B’s, broccoli is also an excellent source of minerals such as iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Every one of these is absolutely vital to good health, but these essential elements can be completely destroyed when the food is cooked.

The answer is to eat the vegetables raw, and there are several ways to do this. For many the best solution is to drink the juice. A vegetable juicer separates the juice and the pulp which means you really can make use of all the healthful properties of fruits and vegetables.

Apples and carrots make very tasty healthy juices, but did you know you can use the pulp to create face masks? Tomatoes can be juiced and the pulp (plus some horseradish, onion and yogurt) makes a delicious dip for pieces of raw vegetables. Broccoli or cabbage pulp can be mixed with white vinegar and mayonnaise to create a salad.

There is nothing more important than your health. A vegetable juicer will help you preserve your health by eating the right foods, prepared in the right way.

October 13, 2010 on 5:57 pm

A report entitled “The Health Benefits of Citrus Fruits,” released in 2003 by The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, reviewed 48 studies that showed a diet high in citrus fruit provides a statistically significant protective effect against some types of cancer, plus another 21 studies showing a non-significant trend towards protection.

A great deal of consumer literature attributes this to the large amount of vitamin C in citrus juices, however research shows that in some cases no protection is obtained from taking vitamin C itself, while there are considerable benefits from drinking fresh, organic orange juice.

In oranges, vitamin C is only one part of a complex matrix involving many phytochemicals such as flavanones, cyanidin-3-glucoside and carotenoids. There are over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids in an orange, many have demonstrated anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot inhibiting properties.

But perhaps the most interesting and useful vegetable of them all is the humble carrot. Carrots have been cultivated for thousands of years, although the original carrot was almost certainly a purplish color, and not the yellow orange variety most of us know today.

Carrots are filled with Vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K; they also contain a substance called falcarinol which, according to some studies provides protection against forms of colon cancer.  With a degree of built in sweetness, carrot juice is also pleasant to drink and combines well with other healthy juices from a carrot juicer, such as apple and tomato.

October 5, 2010 on 6:53 pm
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The production of stomach acid and enzymes declines with age. A very important result of this is that the body is less able to absorb vitamins and minerals from food. It becomes more and important to take in adequate quantities of essential nutrients and to do so in a form which is easy to digest.

The essential ant-oxidant vitamins, A, C and E are all found in quantity in raw fruits and (in the case of vitamin E) seeds, but they are, typically, rapidly destroyed by heat, making fresh juice an ideal way to add these vital substances to your diet.

Carrot juice, for example, is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C, citrus juices and tomato juice are an excellent source of  bioflavonoids and the humble watermelon makes an ideal all round health filled cocktail. The flesh is full of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A) and Vitamin C while the seeds contain vitamin E as well as the essential minerals zinc and selenium.

Watermelon also contains the amino acid lycopene which has been extensively studied in humans and found to protect against a large and growing list of cancers.   Watermelon also has a high water content and is low in calories (compared to other fruits) making it an excellent candidate for regular consumption, both whole and in juice form.

Watermelon makes a wonderful salad mixed with red onion and a little salt and if you’ve opted for a vita mix blender, rather than a l equip juicer, watermelon pureed with some cantaloupe, kiwi fruit and a tiny dash of lime makes a wonderful fresh summer soup.  Watermelon also contains several of the B vitamins plus both magnesium and potassium.

September 11, 2010 on 10:31 pm

Dictionaries define masticating as the process of breaking down food with the use of a person or an animal’s teeth; and thus the principle on which the masticating juicer is created.

Inside the juicer are two hard and sharp surfaces which break down fruits and vegetables that are placed inside it in order to extract the juice from the fruit or the vegetable.

So for people who are looking for a juicer that can fully and efficiently extract all the juices from the fruit or vegetable, thus giving you the highest possible nutritional value in every glass, masticating juicers are the best option. So how exactly does this specific juicer work?

A masticating juicer works by grinding and “chewing” the fibers from fruits and vegetables that are placed in between its two hard edges or surfaces; the juicer works at slower speeds which help a lot in getting the most nutrition out of the fruit or the vegetable.

Also, a lot of people who use such a juicer also say that the juice that they are able to extract tastes so much better. This is because the juices are squeezed out of the fruit or the vegetable instead of being spun out as what happens with conventional juicers.

Many nutritionists actually do recommend that people use masticating juicers in order to get the most out of every glass of fruit or vegetable juice that they will drink

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